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Why the Coppergate tree had to be felled
IN RESPONSE to recent letters on the horse chestnut tree in Marygate Square, unfortunately it could not be made safe following a full inspection.
This inspection, commissioned by the Coppergate Centre, which is responsible for the square’s management, identified that the main fork in the tree was splitting open, meaning the entire tree was a danger to public safety. The council accepted given the evidence that the tree had to be removed, but a condition was attached to its removal that the tree be replaced with a semi-mature specimen of a species with a similar final stature.
A suitable replacement tree will be planted in the forthcoming planting season.
Coun Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transport and Sustainability, Whitehouse Gardens, York.
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